Wearing your retainer is equally as important as keeping your retainer and your retainer case clean. At the end of treatment, a patient will wear retainers to hold their teeth in proper alignment. If the retainer is not worn, your teeth will have a high chance of moving out of position. So wear your retainer! =)
Of course over time, the inside of the retainer case and the retainer will naturally develop accumulate. This accumulate can not only be detrimental for your health but for your retainer as well. A crusty white consistency, that is made up of bacteria and saliva can cause the retainer not to fit.
Here are some ways to keep your retainer and retainer case clean.
Rinse your retainers with warm water. Rinse them off until all of the saliva is off of them, making sure they do not feel slimy.
Then take your toothbrush and brush the retainers.
If you see crusty stuff accumulate inside the case, wipe it out with a paper towel or cleaning wipe.
Do not soak your retainers in your retainer case. It is a common misconception that retainers need to be kept in water all the time. They do not. Keeping them in water all the time, can cause germs to grow inside your retainer case. Leave your retainers in your retainer box dry.
Now if you want to thoroughly deep clean your retainer and retainer case, make a solution of one part of 10% bleach and nine parts water. Leave the retainer and retainer case in the solution for about ten minutes, rinse it and dry. This will reduce the amount of germs.
Now if you do not want to work with bleach, you might consider a SonicBrite Professional Cleansing System or Retainer Brite Cleaning Tablets 1 year Supply + Sonic Cleaner. Both of these systems comes with an ultrasonic cleaner and disinfectant solutions.
Whatever your method of cleaning is, make sure you are keeping your retainer and retainer case clean. This will ensure that you will continue to have a beautiful smile!
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Kim Bui, born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is pursuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.